He’s the ultimate captain. He leads on and off the ice. Jason would do anything for his teammates and play through anything, which inspires everyone around. - Mike RichardsJASON SMITH
Inheriting a team that had finished in last place in the NHL standings the previous season, and a team in which most of its players, including himself, hadn’t even stepped on the ice in a Flyers’ sweater, Jason Smith took command of the Philadelphia Flyers with one intention – restore the winning legacy of the franchise.
Under his guidance, the Flyers finished 39 points and 20 wins ahead of their total from last season and reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 32nd time out of the club’s 40 seasons of play.
Smith also led the club to the Conference Finals for the 15th time in franchise history, becoming just the second team, since the four-round playoff system was introduced in 1979-80, to finished with the worst record in the NHL in one season, and make the Final Four the very next season.
Among both the players and coaching staff, Smith not only earned the highest respect both on and off the ice but lived up to his reputation as a fearless leader.
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